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A unifying meta-theory of nursing is suggested, building from the foundation of Ken Wilber’s AQAL (integral) framework. A definition of nursing as situated caring is presented. Historical discussion of contemporary nursing epistemology and theory are provided for context. Implications for practice, education, and research are discussed. A unifying meta-theory of nursing is needed to most benefit from the diversity in nursing education, practice, theory and research. A unifying meta-theory will enable nurses at both the practical and academic levels to appreciate the complexity and simplicity of nursing, allowing them to articulate confidently what we do and why we do it.

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